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León is not a shopping-oriented city, but because of its university, there are many bookstores -- with Sandinista-themed books often dominating the shelves. Librería Don Quijote, 2 blocks west of the plaza, is one of the city's better-known book shops. For fruits and vegetables, as well as clothes, go to the central market right behind the cathedral; it opens at 7am and closes at 8pm.

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